Singapore has taken a step closer to becoming
the most advanced cruise hub in the region with a groundbreaking
ceremony to launch construction of its International Cruise
To be completed by the end of 2011, the
International Cruise Terminal ICT will double Singapore’s berth
capacity and enable more cruise ships to homeport and call on
Singapore and Asia. With the ICT’s deep waters, a large turning
basin and lack of height restrictions, the world’s largest ships,
such as the Oasis- class ships being built now, will be able to
call at Singapore and enjoy dedicated cruise terminal facilities.
It will complement the existing Singapore Cruise Centre at the
Southern Waterfront precinct.
Singapore’s first purpose-built cruise terminal
has been designed to ensure smooth and seamless accessibility for
both passengers and cruise ships, to achieve quick passenger
turnaround of 30 minutes from the point of disembarkation to the
point of departure from the terminal. Its state-of-the-art
functional capabilities and distinctive nautical-themed
architecture harmonises with the terminal’s functions and settings
to enhance the sense of arrival for cruise passengers, and will
add to the architectural gems of the Singapore skyline in the
Marina Bay area.
The new terminal is expected to meet the
projected growth of the Asia Pacific cruise industry, which
constitutes about 7% of the world’s cruise market today.
The region continues to be a vital source of cruise passengers as
well as an exotic and desirable destination for avid cruise
passengers from the Western markets.
Asia, with its year-round
tropical climate, varied landscapes, warm hospitality and
multi-cultural appeal, fueled by the growth of low cost carriers
and the traffic that they generate, is fast becoming the new
cruise playground. The world’s top cruise players are increasing
their presence in Asia and offering more cruises with Asian
Ms Aw Kah
Peng, Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, highlighted
the growth potential of Singapore’s cruise industry, “Singapore’s
cruise passenger throughput has grown steadily, registering a
healthy average annual growth rate of 12% between 2003 and 2008.
The industry has remained resilient amid the economic downturn,
evident in the 20% growth in arrivals in the first half of this
year against the same period last year. The STB targets to attract
1.6 million cruise passengers by 2015.”
According to the
Singapore Cruise Centre, more than 1,000 ships called last year,
contributing to a passenger throughput of over 920,000. The
majority of these passengers were from Indonesia, India, Malaysia,
Australia, New Zealand and Europe - demonstrating Singapore’s
international appeal as a cruise destination. The first half of
2009 saw 540,000 cruise arrivals and it is projected that
Singapore will welcome its one-millionth cruise passenger by year
The ICT was
designed by internationally-renowned architects, Bermello, Ajamil
& Partners, Inc. (BA) and RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte)
Ltd. JTC Corporation, the leading agency in industrial
development, was appointed as the Development Agent of the ICT.
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